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Model of Downtown, Houston

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This is remarkable work! Thanks for sharing your interest with us. I'm going to use the skyline shot as my desktop background for a while.

 

Any plans in the future to include metrorail?

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This is remarkable work! Thanks for sharing your interest with us. I'm going to use the skyline shot as my desktop background for a while.

 

Any plans in the future to include metrorail?

 

Thank you for your awesome comment! Feel free to use the images for personal use! Will I include MetroRail on the model? lol...Probably not. I would if the model had been more detailed, but at that point, I just want the model to exhibit itself on the main structures in downtown. Yes, I got miniature for the detail in Sam Houston Park, but it's a part of the downtown layout as far as "structures of an important sight". But nah, if I put MetroRail on there, I'd have to include every light pole and bus stops lol. Thanks again!

Wow, very impressive sir!

 

Thank you, Howard Huge! I've enjoyed working on this model, and who knows how far out I'll go if I can't stop! :P

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Wow good job on the model bro :-)

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Coolest thing I've seen in a long time.

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Wow good job on the model bro :-)

 

Thank you!! Your kind and inspiring words are appreciated!

 

 

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Coolest thing I've seen in a long time.

 

Thank you for that inspiring input! It's about to really get interesting when I have to make Minute Maid Park!! (Should I add the little train? lol)

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Amazing... Nice work! Awesome!

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very impressive!  you're my new favorite haifer, rudyu!  i've often wondered if one could make a living building models of buildings.  i would do it for fun if i knew how.  great job.

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Amazing... Nice work! Awesome!

 

Thanks for the kind words! Blessings to you and your family. :)

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very impressive!  you're my new favorite haifer, rudyu!  i've often wondered if one could make a living building models of buildings.  i would do it for fun if i knew how.  great job.

 

Wow! I can feel the excitement in your comment! And I truly appreciate it! I get excited myself knowing that I'm blessed to be able to do this sort of hobby. And hey, I think everyone could do this as long as they have a good eye for "copying" things in their minds and applying that to certain materials in order to make a miniature of it. I'm just happy I still have all my fingers left after slicing them a few good times using the X-acto knife lol.  And you are now my favorite Mod!! Thanks for deleting those goof-ups I made. Bless you and your family! :D

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Both your present and past efforts are genuinely remarkable. It really shows what time and passion can create at any age.

 

With regard to the one you made in the 80s, how did you go about planning it? Maps? Photos? Can you talk about some of the differences in taking on the project then and now?

 

 

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Awesome work! A hobby I dreamed about but never picked up. Please post updates! Have you ever thought about making models for buildings like the Bank of the South West Tower and other that never were built?

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Both your present and past efforts are genuinely remarkable. It really shows what time and passion can create at any age.

 

With regard to the one you made in the 80s, how did you go about planning it? Maps? Photos? Can you talk about some of the differences in taking on the project then and now?

 

Thank you for the gratifying words!

What a great question you asked about planning and making the first model because Internet mapping wasn't available back then! :o  I used the downtown map from Key Maps, Inc. to place the streets in their proper order. If I can recall correctly, most of the buildings shapes from above were on the "squares" that they occupied. I also took a lot of pictures of the skyscrapers when my dad (RIP 1988) would take me downtown to walk around and just be near my glass and stone friends. I did take General Drafting in my senior year in high school but really didn't pay attention much because it was mostly about drawing floor plans, and I wasn't interested as much for "design", but rather making models of the structures themselves. However, my model was used in the annual art contest, and I'm proud to have won first place and "Best of Show" with it!

And those are the methods I used for planning and constructing the first model.

The main difference in making the current model is size and keeping it simple with no detail to the structures themselves. Now that I think about it, I should've added some color/windows to the buildings but of course, that would've taken a lot of tedious work, which I'm not allergic to, but again, I just wanted to keep it simple so the skyline and downtown area could just be recognized. As I mentioned before, I'm using heavy cardstock for the buildings so I don't have to worry about humidity warping the structures. Yes, they can still be easily crushed under pressure, but I'm doing my BEST to keep this model from ALL harm. I did have to replace two skyscrapers due to one of my cats nibbling on them lol. I laughed it off and just simply made another skyscraper! :lol:

While making the first downtown model in the mid 80's, I started on making a miniature of the houses on my street, then placing them on their lots. I had about 8 houses made, but then lost interest. I gave the individual house models to the residents who lived in them so they could, well, have a tiny model of their house! Each house was about 2 inches long and around 1 inch wide, but they were very detailed with color and windows. Just about any structure I saw in a photo, I could make a miniature model of it. I recently made a 3 inch long miniature of a funeral casket that actually opened on the "head" portion of it. I mentioned in a previous reply that as long as you can mentally see a 3D image of an object, then "visually" see it already made in miniature, it can be done by using various materials. Again, you have to have a good eye and see the detail that usually goes unnoticed.

Again, thank you for the kind words and great questions! Bless you and your family! :D  

 

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Awesome work! A hobby I dreamed about but never picked up. Please post updates! Have you ever thought about making models for buildings like the Bank of the South West Tower and other that never were built?

 

Thanks a bunch for the nice reply! And yes, I will be posting further updates as I add another section. I know I'll have to do the northeast section that will include Minute Maid Park, and then off to the south/southwest from Clay St. to I-45. That will include 1600 Louisiana, 1400 Smith, and 1600 Smith. Don't get me wrong, there are some days I wake up and go, "Blahh, I don't feel like working on it today." lol...Usually I have to look at my other models to be inspired to put a full day in to the model. I'm in no rush to complete it, because as I've mentioned before, I'm not so sure just how far out this model will go. Probably just the immediate downtown area. Perhaps later I'll work on a "Galleria area" model.

As far as making the skyscrapers that were never built, oh my, yes I have thought about making them and placing them on the spots they were planned to be placed. To be honest, I've thought about designing one of my own supertalls and seeing how they would look here, and where would be a good place to put them lol. It's like I would be my own architect....designer, planner, and model maker all in one! If I do make something, I'll post images here and see what everyone thinks about it. Would be fun to get feedback on that!

I encourage all of you who have thought about making models as a hobby to put some consideration in to it. I'm sure you have seen the paper models you print out and put together? I do the same thing but I draw each side to the building on a solid piece of paper that has the proper "height" of the building. Then I lightly use the X-acto knife to go down the edges of the building to be able to fold them in their proper direction. As the paper models have the extra "tab" that is on the end, I use one, as well, to glue to the other side and, bingo, you have a building! Just place a piece of cardstock that covers the top/bottom portions of the building (with a little hanging over), and simply cut around the formation of the building. Then you have a roof and footprint making a solid structure! Once time goes by, you eventually learn how to construct models that may be a little more "difficult" in shapes. As I have from the past, we all learn how to accommodate our talents with improvements!

Thanks again for the kind words. All the best to you and your family! :D

 

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I would love to see your own designed models. Looks forward to more updates!

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Amazing work. Like some others mentioned, I would love to see those towers never built in that schematic. You truly have a talent and the patience to go along with it. Can't wait to see any future projects. Beside Houston, any other city that speaks to you enough for you to maybe begin another project? ;)

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Amazing work. Like some others mentioned, I would love to see those towers never built in that schematic. You truly have a talent and the patience to go along with it. Can't wait to see any future projects. Beside Houston, any other city that speaks to you enough for you to maybe begin another project? ;)

 

Thank you for your positive input and words!

To be honest, I've thought of making a model of other cities, but I'm so "Houston Proud" that I truly don't want to! lol Not that I would feel I was neglecting or "two-timing" my own city, I just feel I should offer most of my talent up to my home town. I say that now, but later on I may change my mind. :P

Although I can tell you now that Tokyo is definitely NOT on my list! That city would take the rest of my life to make!  :lol: 

 

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Ok, so I will set the bait, because I am a HTown lover myself. Woodlands, and Greenspoint? Sugarland? West chase? Energy Corridor? Memorial city? UT? MT? Anything along the Sam Houston Loop? Or the Tomball Dev.?

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